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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Grizzley9 Re:Classics (296 comments)

Chopper Command is where it's at.

6 hours ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Grizzley9 Re:Not worth it (249 comments)

That is why I usually reinstall Windows with a pirated disk, using the serial key that came with the laptop.

Why use a pirated disk? You can download a clean windows file from MS directly and activate using the serial key. No shady pirated disk needed.

2 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Grizzley9 Re:Not worth it (249 comments)

Until MS forces OEMs to sell a clean copy of Windows with zero third-party crapware, I won't even consider it. I've been a Linux user since 1998, and since then, have seen no compelling reason to part with my money. Fact is, when you buy a new Windows PC, it's largely unusable what with all the Kaptalistic crapware and bloat already bringing the system down below peak performance. This is a black eye for the Windows brand.

Except that it isn't true. You being a Linux fanboy you show your bias pretty easily. You can download a clean copy of Windows straight from MS and activate it with the same key you have for your current PC. That's how most that install a new SSD do it when replacing the drive.

2 days ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Grizzley9 Re:Working from home (160 comments)

now, they seem to assume 'you need inet and a phone, anyway' so they want to avoid paying, but I have always had to give my cell # to my workers and I do get work calls on my personal line. would be nice to have them just buy me a phone and fully cover it, at this point (my last job was android based devel and so, yes, we got a company phone and data plan all paid).

I never give out my personal to co workers. That's why I have Google Voice. I automatically know when it rings if it's work or something else.

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Grizzley9 Re:The memo you are about to see (160 comments)

You could, for instance, have a separate email client for business emails and then track data usage of that client.

I don't know where you work, bur with my job work is about getting things done and if costs are justifiable, then they are justifiable. At the end of the day, if I won't be able to check my work email then the boss will have to wait for my reply, not me.

The issue I see with only tracking data usage is you leave out time dependant issues. I need my work computer to be connected during the working time, even if I'm not receiving any data, that's still part of business, letting me know nothing right now is coming in. When you are talking about working time, which for most is by hours, then your data usage (connection) should be by hours as well. If I work 8 hours out of 16 that I'm awake, that's half my internet bill (minus weekends).

about a week ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Grizzley9 Softphone (160 comments)

My large (70k+), international company implemented a PC based smartphone service for employees to use since many work from home. I wonder if this passes their test. I've never used it cause I'd have to get a dedicated headset and I'd rather just use my cell phone but it will be interesting to see if there is any cascading effect on companies starting to use more softphones for people that work from home or are on the road with a laptop.

Also, if phone usage is req'd to be reimbursed for working at home, what about internet bills? Phone usage could be reimbursed based upon number of minutes averaged. But data could be based upon actual time used since my personal usage is more data than work, but time spent needing the net is more for work.

about a week ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Grizzley9 Re: Fusion Confusion (305 comments)

We do have a functioning fusion reactor. It has about four and a half billion years left worth of fuel. It pours more energy into the earth alone than a hundred civilizations could use, to say nothing of the untapped energy it pours elsewhere.

So the sun is a big fusion reactor. It's using up fuel and spitting out energy. I've never understood how you could possibly get more energy out than you put in as has been the mantra for any current earth based fusion test. Wouldn't that nullify some fundamental principles?

about a week ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Grizzley9 Re:Remove old apps. (249 comments)

iOS 4.2.1 will soon be four years old. For comparison, Windows 7 will soon be five years old. Few people would call Win7 "old".

They have different revisioning systems. For a desktop it's not old. For a smartphone OS it is.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Grizzley9 Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

Apple having 100% control is the problem, squashing innovation and competition in how App Store's work. If there was a competitor in the App Store market, you can bet there would be a lot of new ideas out there that fixed the issues discussed, and issues we don't even know about yet.

There is no lack of competition in the App Store. You're simply inserting your own bias as to how things should run. In no way are they squashing innovation. There are plenty of apps that duplicate the App Store and do things differently. They just link to the App Store for the download on the back end. Numerous posts here have shown this.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Grizzley9 Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

But we all know Apple won't forgo the revenue stream

Remind me to never invest in your business...

about two weeks ago
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Slashdot Asks: Should Schooling Be Year-Round?

Grizzley9 Re:No, school should not be year-round. (421 comments)

Kids should have at least a couple of months out of the year when they can just not worry about their studies and have fun and BE KIDS.

I mean, jeez! You only get to be a kid once. Let them enjoy those summer vacations. When I think back to my childhood, my fondest memories are during those summer vacations! Why the heck should we take that away from our future generations?

Leave summer vacation in place. And stop freaking shortening it.

While I grew up with this schedule and like it, it's not about removing that time at all. It's about shifting it to shorter "bursts". They would still go the same amount to "year round" school but breaks would not be all at once during the summer and spaced throughout the year.

So that is the question. What are the pros and cons financially, psychologically, etc of having the break all at once or split up into various parts of the year. It is a large shift for a community going to year round school due to day care and parents planning time off, vacations, checkups, sports camps, etc. Plus year round would all for less time for students to "forget" what they learned and build upon it instead of having the first couple weeks be a refresher.

Though, I'm still not convinced year round is the way to go. We live in a suburb of a major city. The city goes year round, the suburbs do not (yet).

about three weeks ago
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Justin.tv Shuts Down Amid Reports Google Is Acquiring Twitch

Grizzley9 Re:Soon, a few companies will own all your base (56 comments)

That's not really true. Look at the women's makeup, for example. There are hundreds of brands available, yet the infographic shows only three.

Pick any category of product there and you'll find the same thing; lots of alternative brands exist but aren't show.

All the infographic does offer is an idea of how diverse those ten companies' products are. It doesn't show anything about what's actually available in the marketplace.

I don't think you are seeing the whole graphic then. There are numerous owned by P&G and many owned by L'Oreal (Nestle). There will always be smaller, even regional brands but they make up such a small part of the market to not be significant.

about three weeks ago
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Why Morgan Stanley Is Betting That Tesla Will Kill Your Power Company

Grizzley9 Not for a while (502 comments)

Around here we have lots of windfarms and more going up every day, at least in rural parts of the state. I've never thought of my local electricity grid as all that bad actually, rarely goes down except in large ice storms, and it's pretty cheap. ($0.08/KWh).

Though when Solar or some combination of it and propane/natural gas can more cheaply run an A/C unit in a midwest summer--that will be the end of big utilities.

about three weeks ago
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Is the App Store Broken?

Grizzley9 Re:It's not a marketplace.. (258 comments)

It's not a marketplace, it's a lottery for developers.

Quite true and one where you have to make something that likely already exists.

Besides games, I haven't downloaded a new app in a long time. Most of the ones I have and use are mature and do their function well. There was a wild time when many functions and app types weren't yet developed but now? Not everything has been invented, but most categories are fairly mature and there is less and less room for groundbreaking apps for the overall market (still plenty for niche markets).

about a month ago
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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

Grizzley9 Re:Nvidia's support of Tegra has been abysmal (65 comments)

Based on the bugginess of every Tegra device to date and Nvidia's near-total lack of support, you're nuts if you even consider buying this. And that's the real review from an owner of multiple Tegra products from the first generation onwards. You're welcome.

That and they compare it to Apple's A7 chip, when the A8 (or A7x at least) is less than 2 months away and has likely improved itself.

about a month ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Grizzley9 Re:Distinct DNA (1330 comments)

here's the key issue: Does it have a nervous system, and does that nervous system couple to something sophisticated enough to convert those signals into suffering?

Wow, that's your reasoning?! Nervous system + suffering? Make sure you never fall asleep or get put under for surgery or go into a coma. Or better yet don't get instantly killed in any way since you would not suffer. I'm not sure it's the others that are using "hucksterism of philosophy".

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Grizzley9 Re:Distinct DNA (1330 comments)

These are all unique "organisms" according to this philosophy. If birth control causes fertilized eggs to pass through, and they naturally do this quite often, then we should rush to research how to prevent all of these natural abortions, right?>

This is true that normal contraception meds can cause the fertilized egg to not implant and be abortive. It's why due to moral stances, my wife and I decided to quit the pill--for birth control--and relied on the numerous other means to prevent fertilization.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Grizzley9 Re:A win for freedom (1330 comments)

The 401k angle all the left leaning blogs are touting is a red herring and everyone knows it.

SCOTUS just provided them the same exception your wife would have to deal with if she worked for a religious institution or church that decided to not cover it. As the majority opinion stated, there's already a system setup for that where the government provides said insurance due to the moral objections to specific medicine of the religious employer, they just granted these closely held religious companies in the same grouping.

Your "little blue pills" statement is also not the same and has no weight here. HL still provides over 15 kinds of contraception in their plans.

Regardless of this decision perhaps it will lead to getting employers out of providing insurance altogether and we can have single payer.

about 2 months ago
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U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Religious Objections To Contraception

Grizzley9 Re:Can an "atheist company" refuse too? (1330 comments)

That's kind of the crux of the matter, isn't it? A month of generic birth control pills costs about $10/mo. Purchased in bulk, condoms are about $0.50/ea. Both are readily available at no cost from a variety of sources for those who can't afford them. Setting aside the heated political debate, it seems foolish to route these sorts of purchases through your insurance company, with inevitable overhead, rather than simply purchasing them yourself.

Great! The people least able to afford a pregnancy can only get the least-effective forms of birth control! Awesome! That's definitely not a bad idea.

Or we can offer them any method they want, including far more effective and foolproof ones (IUD, implant, etc.), all at the same cost, which is what the mandate is about.

So generics are not as good as expensive name brands in FDA regulated items? Seems you're making the fallacy of more expensive equals more effective.

about 2 months ago
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If Immigration Reform Is Dead, So Is Raising the H-1B Cap

Grizzley9 Re:Lower cost for H1B ? In your dreams .... (341 comments)

I have first hand experience with it - and it's clear, as the message came from the top to drive down wages... look for foreign workers. Laws be dammed, particularly in right to work states. It's a sad but real truth to this situation of immigration. Is it everywhere - of course not - but I'd wager mostly everywhere.

While not exactly the same, my companies policy is the same. Huge multi-national firm everyone knows. You cannot hire Americans. New hires can only be from low cost countries, not H1B - they work in that country remotely. Being a multi-national company it's not that bad but companies don't want to pay American wages and benefits.

about 2 months ago

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Sprint to get iPhone 5

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes ""Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget."

This could also mean that despite rumors of a September launch it could be mid October before we see Apple's new flagship product launch, too late to effect their fiscal fourth quarter ending in September. "On a July earnings conference call, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company's September quarter would be affected by "a future product transition that we are not going to talk about today,". While that cold be iOS 5, it likely will not launch until the next iPhone is ready to display it."

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AT&T Removing Texting Plans

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes "AT&T is revamping their text plans for new users. No more middle of the road $10 plans for 1000 text messages. Now it will be unlimited for $30 per family plan or pay per text msg at a rate of $0.20 ea. So if you use over 150 msgs consistently you'll have to pay up."
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